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Current Encounters: Train Case

From: jan@cyberzone.net (Jan Aldrich)
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 1997 12:28:34 -0700
Fwd Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 00:20:58 -0400
Subject: Current Encounters: Train Case

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Date: Thu, 16 Oct 1997 12:17:10 -0500
From: slk <slk@EVANSVILLE.NET>
Subject: train case


I'm not getting out of the "UFO business", but I am directing
my efforts more towards The Lunascan Project. But to preserve
my 37 years "in" the business I wrote a book in 1994. This is
one of the special evidence cases presented in the fully
illustrated, 170-page book: "Regional Encounters:  The FC Files".

Francis Ridge

October 20th, 1973
Near Mt. Vernon, Indiana (small town near Evansville).

This incident occurred during the massive sighting wave of
1973, and within a few days of one of our rare MADAR
detections. My wife got a call early that morning. I was at
work. She told me that the man was very serious about
something that had happened that morning. The man calling was
a conductor on a L&N train and had just had an encounter with
a UFO at 6:50 AM, just a few miles east of my home. To be
precise, it was at a point on the tracks near St. Phillips, which
is about 8-miles east of my home in Mt. Vernon. I got in the car
and headed home, called the man and taped the interview. Later I
conducted a full investiagtion.

The original train crew had experienced engine trouble near
Upton, a little town 3-4 miles northwest of Mt. Veron. One of the
rear diesal units had been overheating and the Burlington engine
was pulling a 6,000-ton load, overloaded under these conditions.
The maintenance man at Upton was a 30-year man and told the
conductor that the rear unit was "dead" and that there was, in
his words, "no use messin' with it". He'd already tried. In
any case, the new crew lumbered in to Mt. Vernon, taking 20-25
minutes longer to get there than usual. The sky was clear,
temperature was a cool 55-degrees, wind was calm. Again, it was
about 6:50 AM.

They had gone through Mt. Vernon and were nearing the Lamont
crossing, 2-miles east of the city, heading east for Evansville.
The sun was just barely peeking over the tree tops. The two men
in the front engine saw a very bright, but distant, light in the
sky coming out of the north. At first they thought it was an
aircraft, then later decided that it couldn't be. The object was
very bright and was tracking north to south, pulsating from real
bright to dim to bright. The distant light appeared to travel a
short distance, 50-60' between pulsations. The light finally turned
more east towards Evansville and disappeared.

When they neared Caborn (6-7 miles east of Mt. Vernon), the lead
conductor told the rear conductors by intercom that they had seen
a real bright light. When they got near St. Phillips, the rear
conductor reported that there now was a train following them, on
the same track. By then they had gotten up on Belknap hill (at
Peerlsess Crossing), a pretty good pull on a train, and had
gotten hung up. One of the rear men suggested that they should
get the train behind them, which he said had been following them
for a while, to push them. The lead conductor replied, "Well, I
haven't heard him on the radio." After a short while the rear man
suggested the same solution to the problem, again: "Well, he's been
following us and I can see his light back there and the "board"
is red!" The object following them had given them a "red signal" on
their blocking system. The signal referred to here is a series of
lights, similar in color to regular traffic lights, situated on a
pole on the side of the tracks. This shows either red, green,
or amber, indicating "danger", "all clear", or "caution",
respectively.  (This signal is a part of the Automatic Blocking
System which tells of other traffic on the same track). The "red
board" normally meant that something was on the track behind them.
The rear conductor again suggested that the crew call the "tower"
(Howell Round House at Evansville) and see if there was a train

A quick check with the yardmaster showed that there was no train
behind them at all. Upon receiving the news, the rear conductor
replied, "There is a headlight behinds us. I can see it. It's real
bright." After the train had gotten hung up and had stopped on
Belknap Hill, they got out and looked around. The conductor, after
backing the train down the hill, got out, walked down to the rear
unit and pressed the restart button. To his surprise the unit
"kicked right off, ran real good". The light or the object was now
moving off, back from where it had come from. According to
the conductor, whatever had given them a "red board", now was
giving them a "green board". As he, himself, stated, "The board
went green. The light cleared up the board". The train, previously
hampered with a bad rear unit and way over-tonnage, was now fully
able to climb the steep, hill and made it in to Howell without
further mishap!

What makes this case interesting is in this detailed report (this
is only a synopsis) something very bright was first seen, then a
similar bright light follows a train, a diesal. Tractors and other
diesals have been virtually unaffected by UFOs. The Blocking System
reacts as the object approaches and recedes, just as if there was a
train on that track. The train, originally disabled (an reportedly
with a "dead" rear unit) now works fine even with
over-tonnage when the UFO is out of the picture. All this during a
massive sighting wave with some of the best close encounters we
ever recorded! And that's not all. The crew was reprimanded for
filing a report. Later we found that the engine had been pulled and
taken down south to be studied and reportedly the U.S.Air Force was

(Source: "Regional Encounters: The FC Files", written by Francis
Ridge, Director of the UFO Filter Center. Available in 8-1/2x11,
170 pages, fully illustrated cases. $20 U.S.; $30 Foreign).
Francis Ridge


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